Public Art in Ireland

Dublin 

We spent only one day in Dublin and the weather was more suitable for drinking whiskey than walking so we did not come across many art objects. We saw some sculptures here and there, but I left the city under impression that there are not many art decorations in the city.

 

Killarney

Killarney is a luxury tourist area and there are many sculptures and decorations in the area. Different size sculptures, wall sculptures, nice shops and pubs with decorations.

I came across great photography gallery with Irish landscapes, I loved the pictures and the how the canvases are without frames and the images continue on the sides.

Galleries and Public Spaces

Commercial Art market slowly integrates into our everyday lives. It is now common that art galleries use commercial spaces such as restaurants and hotels to display their artworks. What is in it for both parties?

Obviously, by displaying artworks outside commercial gallery space, artists, artworks and galleries get better exposure to the public. Artworks are seen by hundred of people visiting the premises. Furthermore when the art piece is displayed against white wall of a commercial gallery customers can struggle imagining it in their homes; when they see the piece in the interior of a hotel room, artwork might looks more appealing. However, there are downsides of displaying artworks in public spaces because the attitude toward the artwork may be defined by the reputation of the restaurant/hotel/bar etc. So galleries should carefully select where to display artworks.

Public place are getting prestige and decoration. Terms with galleries may vary, but usually  these places get a very good terms. The only downside I can think of is if their customers damage the artwork, but this occasion should be agreed beforehand.

The example of such collaboration is Neo Bankside, property development, has Emily Young‘s sculptures from Bowman Gallery, displayed around the houses. Emily is a British boss artist who started her career as a painter and then found her style in sculpturing. Her sculptures are displayed around the houses, next to trendy restaurants and most importantly next to Tate Modern. So this is an amazing exposure for the artist, being seen not only by residents of the buildings, customers of the restaurants but most importantly by Tate visitors.

From my point of view, this collaboration between galleries and commercial spaces is a great phenomenon for the public. They get to learn and admire different artists and be surrounded by beauty.

National Museum in Delhi

I am very excited to share my museum visits in India. We travelled to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Aurangabad and Mumbai and visited many fascinating places.

There are some old parts of the building without any aircondlting, with outdated displays and dusty corners and there are also some renovated parts with modern displays. This museum needs to be repaired a bit, but in India it is not exactly a priority.

 

The relief of this elements of walls and decorations is just mind blowing. It is hard to believe that some of these objects are dated back to 2nd century B.C. Stone-carving is a very technical and elegant craft which takes a lot of patience. You can spend hours just looking at tiny figures that tell you a story.

It is a National Museum so different forms of art are displayed in the museum. These flat art miniature paintings grab your attention. Gold is a common addition to these paintings, it is added in a very delicate, tasteful and elegant manner.

There are many different objects displayed in the museum that walk you through Indian culture and history: games that people used to play, gods that they used to worship, thrones from former leaders…

This museum is definitely the place to go if you are into Indian culture. Your experience might be spoilt a bit by appearance or lack of air conditioning (especially in summer, when it is boiling hot), but if you look passed it then you will see beautiful unique art objects!

Reykjavik Public Art

During winter holidays I had the most amazing winter trip to Iceland. We started off with Reykjavik and then travelled abound – visited The Golden Circle tourist spots, explored Southern Iceland around Vik, visited the biggest glacier in Iceland, the second biggest glacier in Icelands, the third.. You got it, layers of ice, I mean, it is in the name. And finally we returned back to the capital with a stop Borgarnes. The nature was nothing like I have ever seen before. In some parts surrounding were so unusual, as I  am imagining walking on Mars would be. It was very tricky to see Northern Lights due to constantly changing weather: sunshine, rain, hail and snow in random order changing every 5-10 minutes.

Art-wise, Reykjavik is filled with sculptures and street art. It is a small city but you have a great variety of art decorating the streets. From classical sculptures to avant-garde , in variety of sizes.

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Even the airport has small decorative touches which made it very cosy.

Outside Reykjavik sculptures appear randomly. Some small villages so not have anything at all, but in the middle of nowhere you bump into sculpture. For example at the oldest lighthouse in Iceland, on the west from Reykjavik we unexpectedly saw this penguin sculpture. There was nothing in miles from that lighthouse and that penguin.

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This sculpture of two men is placed by Geysir park, which is a part of Golden Circle.

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Art is not the first thing that comes to your mind when talking about Iceland, but it definitely adds to the environment and culture!

Sculpture Park

Sculpture park is open to the public and free to visit in Regents Park, it opened at the same time as Frieze and unlike Frieze Sculpture Park is open until 8th of January. Usually Sculpture Park is open only during the fair however this year it is part of cultural calendar. There are 19 large multimedia sculptures and they are displayed by international galleries. Here is the full list of galleries for these years sculptures.

Nairy Baghramian
Treat, 2016
Marian Goodman Gallery

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Fernando Casasempere
Second Skin, 2016
Parafin

Lynn Chadwick
Stranger III, 1959
Blain|Southern

Jose Dávila
Joint Effort, 2016
Travesia Cuatro Gallery

Jean Dubuffet
Tour aux récits, (after maquette dated 19 July 1973) 1973
Waddington Custot Galleries

Zeng Fanzhi
Untitled, 2016
ShanghART Gallery

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Barry Flanagan
Drummer, 1996
Waddington Custot Galleries

Ed Herring
Zinc-plated wood, 1969
Richard Saltoun Gallery

Henry Krokatsis
Kabin, 2016
Vigo Gallery

Claude Lalanne
Le Chou de Milan, 2016
Ben Brown Fine Arts

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Goshka Macuga
International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation, Configuration 11, Last Man, 2016
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle

Eddie Martinez
half stepping hot stepper, 2016
Timothy Taylor

Matthew Monahan
Neptune (Rescue), 2016
Massimo De Carlo

Renato Nicolodi
Omnium Memoria I, 2016
Axel Vervoordt Gallery

Mikayel Ohanjanyan
Senza Titolo, 2016
Tornabuoni Art

Claes Oldenburg
Fagend Study, 1975
Luxembourg & Dayan

Eduardo Paolozzi
Trishula, 1966 Kalasan, 1973–4
Bowman Sculpture

Huang Rui
Women, 2006–12
Boers-Li Gallery

Conrad Shawcross
Monolith (optic), 2016
Victoria Miro

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Public Art in Munich

Oktoberfest is a massive attraction and people are travelling from all over the world to try delicious beer and become a part of national celebration. I was very busy drinking beer but on my way from the hotel to the Oktoberfest park with the pavilions I came across different sculptures.

I noticed many bronze animal sculptures and they had some body parts shinier than others, I assume that it’s because people are rubbing them for luck.

Many beautiful fountains are decorated with sculptures.

One of the best places to find public art in Munich is the subway. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to check it out myself but I heard many positive reviews. In Munich subway stations are the platforms for collaboration of government with artists, architects and designers. Since 1980s it was the place for artistic expression of contemporary creators. The best lines to explore are U1 and U2.

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Next time I am in Munich I will definitely spend less time on beer and more time on exploring the artistic side of the city.

Art in Monaco

Monte-Carlo

Monaco is luxury. Do not get me started on yachts, sports cars, restaurants, clubs and bars.. It is also very pleasant to walk and enjoy picturesque views. Monte-Carlo is very clean and beautiful: plenty of green spaces, promenades and beautiful buildings. Since this is an Art blog rather than Travel Blog, I would focus on the public art that I came across in Monte-Carlo while travelling.

Public Art is very diverse. You can find artworks in variety of colours, materials, sizes and from different time periods. Monte Carlo combines historic and contemporary glass-based buildings and it looks organic.

Monte Carlo casino is the main landmark of Monaco and its most recognised and iconic buildings. It is THE casino featured in Bond’s movies, Ocean’s Twelve and even animated movies Cars 2 and Madagascar 3! The building is a masterpiece itself but I was captured by steel sculpture in front of it. This is “Mirror Sky” by British artist Anish Kapoor. His style is quite recognisable and he has created many sculptures for public display, including huge sculpture for Olympic Games in London a few years ago. This 2.5 meter piece reflects the image upside down to the viewer. To my taste, such contemporary polished steel peice  looks stunning with a 19th century building on the background.

There are some artworks that are very specific to Monaco and highlight Monegasque culture. For example there is a bronze Race car sculpture to celebrate Formula 1 track which spreads across Monaco.

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Along the back of Grimaldi Forum there is a sculpture path from Footballers footprints, which is called “The Champions Promenade”. Each sculpture is a bronze panel with name, date, footprints and signature on it of an exceptional football player. In fact, it is a prize and only once winner is selected each year and his footprints get added to the promenade.

 

Even a sign board is decorated with beautifully carved bronze frame!

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Monaco is very artistically rich. Although the country is tiny, only 2.02 square kilometres, it has a huge variety of museums and galleries. They even have Stamp and Coins museum! Art Market is also busy in Monaco, there are some annual art fairs, like European Art Fair, which passed in July and an upcoming art fair Art Monaco in October.